With less than a month to go until the start of the 2020 Major League Soccer regular season, FC Cincinnati continued its recent set of waiver moves Wednesday by waiving East Lyme, Conn. native Logan Gdula.
The 23-year-old Gdula, a defender, was the 13th overall selection by FCC out of Wake Forest in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. He made three matchday squads for the Lions in his rookie season, but spent most of it on loan with Hartford Athletic in the USL Championship.
In Purple and Green, Gdula scored one goal in 15 appearances.
It’s the latest in a series of moves coming in the first weeks of the preseason by the second-year club: on Monday, Cincinnati used its one offseason buyout on Fanendo Adi, who was waived on Jan. 17 along with goalkeeper Jimmy Hague.
WHAT SWEENS REALLY THINKS RIGHT NOW
While Gdula getting waived will certainly give credence to the “SuperDraft is meaningless in today’s MLS” argument, let’s cut to the quick: Gdula may not be necessarily be talented to play MLS, but his performances in Hartford were good for the USL Championship, at least they were in games that I watched.
If I’m Hartford Athletic, I’m looking to secure his signature straight away. His familiarity with the club can help the new manager.
If I’m Revs II, I’m monitoring this situation and swooping in to sign him in order to help my back line: even though he never stepped on the pitch for Cincinnati, he trained with them as well as for Hartford, and that is play at a higher level. Gdula’s experience would be a boon for the third-division side, which still wants to sign a couple of players for its inaugural roster.
And if I’m any other USL Championship or League One club in need of a serviceable defender, I’m keeping my eyes on this situation on the off-chance either Hartford or Revs II pass.